College Sports

Minutemen out of sorts in 69-53 loss to Richmond

Sunday, February 7, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. — University of Richmond’s new defensive style ended its recent struggles and restarted UMass’ at the same time. The Minutemen never got on track offensively Saturday and fell 69-53 at the Robins Center. Richmond has played a 2-3 matchup zone mixed with man-to-man since Chris Mooney was hired in 2005. The matchup is different enough to require extra preparation for most opponents. In most years, it’s been one … 0

Recruiting continues, as several top 2017 QBs are already committed

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Signing day 2016 is in the books, and the race for top 2017 quarterback prospects began long before it ended. In fact, any programs that didn’t get their quarterback of the future Wednesday better act soon because many of the top high school signal-callers in the class of 2017 have already made their … 0

UMass works OT to halt losing steak

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AMHERST — When Trey Davis, one UMass’ most reliable free-throw shooters ever, missed two from the line that could have sealed a Minuteman win in the final 10 seconds Tuesday night at the William D. Mullins Center vs. Rhode Island, there was an uneasy feeling in the arena. After seven straight losses, the Minutemen went to overtime without Donte Clark, who’d led UMass … 0

Reid is BC defensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Former University of Massachusetts football coach Jim Reid is returning to the state where he grew up in Medford, and the region where he played football at the University of Maine. Reid has been named defensive coordinator at … 0

Determined UMass falls short vs. ranked Yale, 3-2

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

AMHERST — With 1:47 left in overtime, Yale ruined the UMass hockey team’s would-be happy-ending comeback story. Using a depleted-lineup against a ranked team that crushed them earlier in the season, the Minutemen scored two goals against one of the nation’s top goalies in the third period to … 0

Title fight: Clemson’s O-line against Alabama’s massive defensive front

Sunday, January 3, 2016

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s offensive line has conquered challenges all season. Its final one — and perhaps biggest — will come in the national championship game against Alabama’s dominating defense. “We’ve always been a question mark around here,” … 0

UMass slips past La Salle

Sunday, January 3, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — For much of the early part of the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg talked a lot about how his team was going to move away from reliance on 3-pointers to win games when the tougher games of conference play arrived. On Sunday, the Minutemen had just … 0

Stanford crushes Iowa; Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee roll to big wins

Friday, January 1, 2016

PASADENA, Calif. — Stanford barely missed out on the College Football Playoff, and Christian McCaffrey almost won the Heisman Trophy. McCaffrey and the mighty Cardinal didn’t miss a thing in their Rose Bowl romp over Iowa. McCaffrey caught … 0

Clemson romps, 37-17, to secure national-title bid

Thursday, December 31, 2015

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — So much for Clemsoning. The Tigers are headed to the national championship game. Deshaun Watson turned in another stellar two-way performance, running for one touchdown, passing for another and accounting for 332 yards to … 0

Oklahoma, Clemson took different paths to playoff

Thursday, December 31, 2015

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — From a protest in the spring to travel woes in the fall, Oklahoma coped with plenty of distractions on its way to the Orange Bowl. Clemson might ask for a few pointers. The top-ranked … 0

No one expecting defensive slugfest as Orange Bowl showdown nears

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — No one will be tuning in to the Orange Bowl looking for a defensive slugfest. Clemson’s Deshaun Watkins is used to lighting up the scoreboard. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield has shredded one helpless defense after … 0

Minutemen roar back for 83-79 home victory

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

AMHERST — For the second time in three games, Trey Davis and Donte Clark took over in the second half for UMass men’s basketball team and saved the Minutemen from a bad loss. Trailing by as many as 10 in the second half, Clark led the comeback and … 0

Sometimes, the best coach is the coach you’ve got

Friday, December 25, 2015

Sometimes, the best coach is the one you’ve already got. Take Oklahoma. The Sooners wisely stuck with Bob Stoops, even when many in this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world questioned whether he was the guy to lead them back to the … 0